As family lawyers, we highly recommend couples to come and see us before they decide to get married or move in together. There are so many issues we can avoid dealing with at the time of separation if the parties knew what they were doing from the beginning. We’ll be able to give you advice on your rights and obligations beforehand. You’ll know what you are getting into and you might avoid making very common mistakes that are often the cause of disputes at the time of separation.
A family lawyer will be able to tell you the differences between marriage and common law spouses. A family lawyer will inform you about ways to protect your assets before or during your union. A family lawyer will advise you of the legal regime in place at the time of marriage that will apply to you and your spouse automatically despite your wishes, if no marriage contract is in place. An hour of consultation with a family lawyer might be sufficient to avoid you a messy separation.